Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, so I am told, is a character who often courts controversies. He is a former cleric of a Pentecostal church in the North. But now he moved into politics.

A politician of the People’s party. He is actually the party’s provincial governor for the North.


If the PP had won the May elections, Ngwira could have been a minister by now, being chauffeur-driven and feeling good that he has reached his pinnacle of political life.

But sadly, the PP lost miserably, placing its leader JB on third spot in the presidential poll won by APM. And that loss meant the dreams of being a minister were shattered as well.

The famous story of secession is that of Colonel Ojukwu of Biafra who in the 60s wanted to secede from Nigeria but the idea flopped, leaving over one million Biafra’s dead in a brutal civil war.  Ngwira also thinks the North should be on its own as a republic. He has been harbouring this thinking for some time, mainly because, I suspect, the PP lost.

Others in the North think the north should be a federal government], because they feel the region is marginalised in terms of development and public appointments.

Ngwira was quoted by The Nation on Monday as saying the North does not need a federal system of government, but secession. He added “the north should be allowed to have its own nation and flag as well as to celebrate its own heroes and set its own agenda.”

As I have said, these sentiments are being said because his PP was brought to its knees in the poll. Had they won, Ngwira could have been made a minister and the idea of secession was out question.

So, you, why the North should secede does not convince some of us. There must be strong reason for the North to secede, otherwise Ngwira’s idea is idle talk and a huge joke. Actually, a pipe dream.

I never thought anyone would think this way, but since we are living in a world of free speech and expression, let it be.

I never thought the North is the least developed region, because in terms of poverty, the levels are almost the same throughout the country.

What one would probably advise Ngwira is to help re-build the PP, as promised by its leader who returned home from the US over the week-end, so that come 2019, PP is back into power, this time around through the ballot and not because the president of the ruling party has died. I am talking about Bingu wa Mutharika’s death on April 5, 2012, which saw JB, then veep, assuming power.

Yes, indeed, the PP needs a lot of brains to digest why it lost the poll and plan for 2019.  With some 26 MPs, the PP should make sure that it does not lose these constituencies because that’s a starting point for building a party. So, that’s the job Ngwira should devote to, rather than talk about secession, a non-starter topic.

I am really baffled this time around to note that politicians are talking of the country being divided because APM included few leaders from the North and the Centre into his cabinet. Why should MCP want to go into government—or form a government of national unity with the DPP?

Does unity manifest itself in including all parties into the government or cabinet?

And then, there is this talk of 50+ 1 score for every presidential candidate to be seen as a national leader. With so many parties based on regional and tribal lines, it is possible for a presidential candidate to win by 50+ 1 without a coalition?

Mr Politician Mzomera Ngwira should be advised to look for a better excuse for the North to secede. Otherwise, it does not wash with me—and probably with many Malawians.

I can understand the fears of Ngwira—the prospects of oil being discovered in Lake Malawi—especially the northern part of the lake—may prompt the secession idea so that the North enjoys the proceeds of that oil alone.

Well, I would not still buy that idea. Malawi is still a small nation to think of dividing it into banana republics.

Mr Ngwira, wait until the PP is back into power, one of these fine days. Yewo Chomene!

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